Russian Circles Release New Album, ‘Blood Year,’ Announce North American Tour

Russian Circles Blood Year


Russian Circles has released the new album Blood Year and will hit the road, stopping at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Sept. 21.

The trio from Chicago are known for their dynamic experimental sound, with music that volleys between raucous and bliss. 

Russian Circles went back into the studio with Kurt Ballou to record Blood Year, but this time they tracked it in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio. 

Blood Year captures all the raw sounds of guitarist Mike Sullivan’s riff-fueled assaults, to Dave Turncrantz’s war machine rack and floor toms and Brian Cook’s bass lines.

Sullivan, Turncrantz, and Cook designed Blood Year to feel of a live show. In an age where rock records are often built on a computerized grid, Russian Circles tracked the foundations of the songs together in one room as complete takes without click tracks. The human pulse and unmetered energy is woven throughout Blood Year

Blood Year will be released via Sargent House on August 2 and Russian Circles will be on tour in North America this September, October and November in support of it.  FACS and Windhand will appear on select dates — see all tour dates listed below.

Blood Year is available for pre-order here.  

Russian Circles – Airluck:


May 31 Chicago, IL @ Do Division Fest

September 11 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *

September 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Culture Center *

September 14 Bozeman, MT @ Rialto Bozeman *

September 16 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *

September 17 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *

September 19 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall *

September 20 Ventura, CA @ Discovery Ventura *

September 21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom *

September 23 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile *

September 24 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *

September 25 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *

September 28 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

October 18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

October 19 Detroit, MI @ El Club

October 20 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

October 21 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount

October 23 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S ArtSpace

October 24 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

October 26 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

October 27 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

October 29 Washington, DC @ Union Stage

October 30 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

November 1 Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall +

November 2 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre +

November 3 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade +

November 4 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s +

November 6 Houston, TX @ The Secret Group +

November 8 Austin, TX @ Levitation

November 9 Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Company +

November 11 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall +


w/ FACS *

w/ Windhand +



Blood Year — Track Listing: 

1. Hunter Moon

2. Arluck

3. Milano

4. Kohokia

5. Ghost on High

6. Sinaia

7. Quartered